Radio France has been severely criticised by the official auditor, the Cour de Comptes, for failing to act on a previous recommendation in 2014 to make its orchestras more efficient.
Although staffing across two orchestras has been reduced to 325 ermanent posts, the players are working less than 1,000 hours a year – or 20 hours a week.
The standard public salary in France – teacher, nurse, policeman – is for 1,600 hours a year.
The Cour’s demands for efficiencies in its last report were kicked into the long grass.
This time, President Macron is under pressure to show progress.